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JP Fanshawe

  • joined Jan 20, 2009
  • last login Jul 25, 2014
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Relentlessly positive, because I believe what one puts out, one gets back.

College: A School In West Virginia

Degrees: Literature and Philosophy

Masters: A School In New York City....for filmmaking.

Irony: Now I work in sales and land development. Every now and then I make a film.

Marital Status: Once-Divorced, now happily married. One child from first marriage, three children with my second wife.

Further comments: I love being a dad, a husband, a brother, and a son.
I love horse racing, baseball, chess, and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Books: October Light by John Gardner, The Wild Palms by William Faulkner, Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Old Life by Donald Hall, Bodies in Motion and at Rest by Thomas Lynch, Radios by Jerome Stern, Small Wonders by Barbara Kingsolver, For The Time Being by Annie Dillard, Blood Horses by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Cathedrals of Kudzu by Hal Crowther, Gather At The River by Hal Crowther

Music: The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Howlin' Wolf, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, 311, Crowded House, Neil Finn, Hall and Oates, Paul Simon, Gomez, Sam Phillips, Bodeans, Prince, Tears For Fears, Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Sonny Boy Williamson II.

Movies: Kieslowski's Three Colors Trilogy, Rear Window, Vertigo, Unforgiven, Casablanca, Chinatown, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man, Major League, Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, City Lights, Moonstruck, Pleasantville, A River Runs Through It, Let It Ride, Goin' South, Groundhog Day, Seabiscuit, The Big Sleep.

Last Meal Request: Skinless chicken thighs in my soon-to-be famous Buffalo sauce, followed by a burger. Oh, and a boatload of beer.

Favorite Sports Moments Attended: Bob Walk's complete game win in the 1992 NLCS. WVU over Miami in 1993. WVU over Pitt and Virginia Tech every single time it happened since 1990. WVU over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Every single time I have spent a day at the races at Keeneland.

Credos: Do what's right. Apologize when you're wrong. Eat less, do more. Listen. Never leave a waiter or waitress less than three dollars. And, in a phrase borrowed from Paul Auster: "To say, what else matters?" ..

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Pittsburgh Pirates
  • NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NCAAF West Virginia Mountaineers
  • NCAAB West Virginia Mountaineers
  • NHL Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Soccer Everton FC
  • General Sunday Silence, Unbridled, AP Indy, Point Given, Rock Hard Ten, Afleet Alex, Ghostzapper, The Tin Man, Zenyatta
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True Percentages on West Virginia's Chances of Making The BCS

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True Percentages on West Virginia's Chances of Making The BCS

Backyard Brawl Afterglow: Jeff Casteel Is The Man of the Hour

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Backyard Brawl Afterglow: Jeff Casteel Is The Man of the Hour

Four Templates For Structuring Your Breeders' Cup Superfecta Tickets

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Four Templates For Structuring Your Breeder's Cup Superfecta Tickets

Slaton Released By Texans

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Um...I guess I called the thunder down on him earlier today in thread when I mentioned that between he and Pat White, one of them was still a pro. I hope someone picks him up.

Inside The (Degenerate Gambling) Numbers: LSU @ WVU

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Inside the (Degenerate Gambler) Numbers : LSU @WVU

Smoking Musket Mailbag: LSU at WVU Edition

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The Mailbag is full. Check it out!

How To Save The Big East Conference - Crib Notes For John Marinatto On Realignment

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How To Save The Big East Conference - Crib Notes For John Marinatto On Realignment. Could It Be Done?

Report: WVU Rejected by ACC and SEC

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WTF? I mean, seriously. Rutgers and UConn are worth consideration for the ACC? Missouri for the SEC? Those three as better options than WVU really doesn't make sense to me. This is really devestating news if true.

Pitt and Syracuse Apply For ACC Membership

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So things are really going to start going down now. I am quite sure that Mr. Luck has us prepared for this. This has to be the death knell for the Big East, right? I mean, Syracuse was a founding member, and Pitt has been a member since 1982.

One Good Pick Per Week, And You're A Rich Man

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Can you be right versus the spread once a week, for 15 weeks in a row? If so, you could be rich...

On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant of (Jordan) Jefferson's apartment and took 49 pairs...

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On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant of (Jordan) Jefferson's apartment and took 49 pairs of shoes, along with a DNA swab. "

from the AP article on the arrest warrants made for four LSU players, including starting QB Jefferson. A sad story of youthful indiscretion, but seriously, how does a college kid manage to have 49 pairs of shoes?

2011 WVU Football Season Preview: Defensive Line

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2011 WVU Football Season Preview: Defensive Line - Does this Mountaineer Defensive Line have what it takes to match last years?

Mount(aineer) Rushmore: Which WVU Legends Belong On It?

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Mount(aineer) Rushmore: Which WVU Legends Belong On It?

Pacman Arrested, Again...

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If you want to find Trouble, just hang out with this guy....the picture in the linked story is priceless.

Location, Location, Location: Why WVU Baseball Might Not Ever Be Relevant

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Can WVU baseball ever be relevant on a national stage?

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Just For Fun - A Memorial Day All-Stakes Contest

via www.businesscartoons.co.uk Thanks to the addition of so many contests over at twinspires.com, my brother and I have been in full NHC practice mode for some months now.  Sadly, no contest...

Somehow, the sport has to find a way to improve its betting product, because a time bomb is...

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Somehow, the sport has to find a way to improve its betting product, because a time bomb is ticking. The United States is struggling this year with a horse shortage because only about 32,000 foals were born in 2008 – the current crop of 3-year-olds. In 2011, the Jockey Club estimates the size of the foal crop at 24,900, so there will be no escape from the horse-population crisis in the next several years. It seems almost inevitable that fields will get smaller and horseplayers will wager even less." -- Andrew Beyer, in a recent column for DRF. It worries me that the three-year old horse population is dropping even as it seems that dominant three-year old horses seem to have have become rarer. Shouldn't it be easier for an elite horse to come out of a smaller crowd?

http://www.drf.com/news/time-bomb-ticking-racing-industry

The Head-Coach-In-Waiting Model: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (And Passed?)

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The Head-Coach-In-Waiting Model: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (And Passed?)

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Just For Fun - An 8-Race Contest For A Snowy Saturday

via www.cartoonstock.com Here in West Virginia, another snow storm is in progress, which makes it an ideal kind of day to sit back and (mythically) play a contest.  I've included six stakes...

The Smoking Musket Mailbag, Inaugural Edition

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Come read The Smoking Musket's Mailbag....curious, clever, and engaging stuff from our readers.

And Maryland Hires....Randy Edsall?

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This strikes me as a really strange hire. You force out the Fatman and bring in a guy that is just over .500 lifetime? Anyway, he remains on our schedule and his departure creates another coaching vacancy in the Big East. I know UConn fans were calling for his head at midseason, but this might be yet another example of "be careful what you wish for."

A Look Inside The Numbers Of The Champs Sports Bowl: WVU Versus NC State

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A glance at what the stats say about today's Champs Sports Bowl: WVU-NC State.

On The Importance Of Buzz Around Your Athletic Programs: Why Bill Stewart and Ralph Friedgen Met The Same Fate

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On The Importance Of Buzz Around Your Program: Why Bill Stewart and Ralph Friedgen Met The Same Fate

All About West Virginia's Future Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, Part 1

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All About West Virginia's Future Head Coach Dana Holgorsen , Part 1. Q&A with SBNation Houston's Dustin Rensink.

How Bad Is The Big East, Really? A Historical Perspective

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[image via www.footballreportersonline.com] For the last couple of years now, whenever someone has wanted to bolster a comment that degrades the current head football coach’s ability, that poster...

Elite Enough?

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I studied philosophy in college, and I remember when first encountering Aristotle, that he spent the better half of a book dividing the forms of speech into two different camps so that he could...

The Good News: The Offense Can Work

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The Good News - The Offense Can Work Three good halves reveal that there is a secret ingredient.

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How The Breeder's Cup Can Turn On A Nose - A Horseplayer's Lament

A look at bet structuring and the 2010 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

"You have the pain of discipline, or you have the pain of disappointment. You can't just be good...

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"You have the pain of discipline, or you have the pain of disappointment. You can't just be good on game day. You get good on gameday by working hard on the practice field. It is my job to let our players know what our level of expectation is. I want each of our kids to be responsible for his own self-determination, but what you have to remember is that you have to define things. You tell a player he has to play with focus, with intensity. He might not know what you mean. You have to let him know what you mean, what his level of expectation is. "

Nick Saban, paraphrased from an interview he gave today on XM's College Football Playbook with Jack Arute and Mike Leach. The interview was so intriguing, I pulled over on the side of the road to jot notes. This is the kind of approach all great coaches have. This is the approach I want to see us have. It is sorely evident that it has been lacking this season.

A New Contributor Introduces Himself

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My name, for the purposes of all my internet life, is JP Fanshawe.  I am honored to join the staff of The Smoking Musket as a contributor.  I've led a varied life - one that has seen me study the...

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